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Amazing views of the Universe, including images from telescopes at the Smithsonian Public Observatory at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC | @SIObservatory |
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This image is just magnificent!!! Astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured this photo of the International Space Station as it passed in front of the Sun on March 20, 2015, right in the middle of a solar eclipse! What are the odds??


Double Partial Eclipse: The Moon And The ISS

from The California Institute of Technology

Explaining Saturn’s Great White Spots

Saturn's Great White Spots are storms that can encircle the planet. Image by NASA's Cassini spacecraft.


What are Saturn’s great white spots?

Meteors & Meteorites: Overview Vital Stats. Visit "A New Moon Rises" at the National Air and Space Museum to see beautiful and fantastic craters on the Moon!


Meteors & Meteorites - Overview | Planets - NASA Solar System Exploration

Double transit! Skilled astrophotographer Thierry Legault captured the International Space Station flashing in front of the Sun during the hours-long Transit of Mercury on May 9, 2016.

2 Time Machine

The biggest sunspot in 25 years put on a glorious show of coronal loops as it rotated out of view. It may survive until it rotates back into view next week. This view from NASA's space-based Solar Dynamics Observatory combines two wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light.


SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory

Astronomers have captured the best image ever of planet formation around an infant star, HL Tau, using the new high-resolution capabilities of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA). Multiple rings and gaps in the disk around the star herald the presence of emerging planets. Credit: ALMA (NRAO/ESO/NAOJ); C. Brogan, B. Saxton (NRAO/AUI/NSF)


Alma Planets - NRAO: Revealing the Hidden Universe

Just 3 days before flying past Pluto, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft captured this image of Pluto's Charon-facing side. Every day reveals more detail on the mysterious, icy world, capturing the imagination of the world.


New Horizons

This artist's depiction shows a gas giant planet rising over the horizon of an alien waterworld. New research shows that oceans on super-Earths, once established, can last for billions of years. (Image by David A. Aguilar)



from Smithsonian

Cosmic Jaw-Droppers Include a Twisted Galaxy and an Aurora Rocket Volley

Cosmic jaw-droppers! Smithsonian Magazine's picks for best space images of the week include this artist's rendition of a huge ring system, including gaps, around a giant exoplanet. Credit: Ron Miller.


Cosmic Jaw-Droppers Include a Twisted Galaxy and an Aurora Rocket Volley